The popularity of celestial jewelry has been documented—and celebrated—often, with creations featuring the stars, constellations, and the moon at the center of the discussion. In a nod to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, my colleague Amy Elliott curated an engrossing collection of lunar jewels here on JCKonline, too.
The star is without a doubt one of my absolute favorites, if not the favorite, icon in jewelry, and I know I’m not alone. I think we love it so because the stars are romantic—they grant wishes, twinkle above a nighttime scene, and stir all sorts of emotions.
But why let the nighttime get all the love? The sun—which is technically a star, the star, really—is the center of our solar system. It provides the light to our day, the heat to our summers, and is the most important source of energy we have.
All that and good looks, too—its motif has been depicted in many an amazing piece of jewelry.
This is not revolutionary, nor is it new—I am far from highlighting a current trend. I have simply found that, through various means, I am newly interested in seeing more jewelry that pays tribute to the sun. And there are designers out there giving Mr. Sun new perspective, with a roster of wonderful pieces, both large and small.
As we begin our descent into the darker half of the year—evidence that the days are already shortening is clear—holding onto the sun’s rays means holding onto those carefree days of summer. And, as autumn and winter take over, having a piece of the sun close at hand may provide a welcome touch of warmth—these jewels are made for basking in.
Here comes the sun! Let’s celebrate it, stock it—and wear it.
Top: Sunset necklace in 18k yellow gold and French enamel with yellow and orange sapphires, $8,600; Andrea FohrmanFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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